Birmingham City striker Marcus Bent has admitted that he would welcome the arrival of new signings in the January transfer window.
With the window wide open again, it is that time of year when managers restart the wheeling and dealing.
The silly season is upon us and no doubt Manchester City are preparing to blow everybody out of the water by forking out astronomical figures for new recruits.
The cash may be about to be splashed but, in truth, at Birmingham it’s likely to be a pocketful of coppers compared to the expenditure that will take place elsewhere in the game.
Loan deals are a likely source of new arrivals while Alex McLeish has already attempted to dig out a bargain by plucking highly-rated midfielder Keith Fahey from the Irish league and winger Robin Shroot from non-League football.
Bent believes that Birmingham’s existing squad is more than capable of achieving the sole aim of promotion from the Championship after overcoming a brief bout of injury and illness.
However, at a time when players start to become fidgety about their future, the well-travelled forward has no qualms about McLeish adding some fresh blood in the coming weeks.
“Our squad is a quality one with a lot of experience,” Bent said. “But it’s always a good thing to bring in additions because it mixes it up and it keeps people on their toes, bringing more quality into a squad is never a bad thing.
“We’ve had a few illnesses and injuries and hopefully we’ve got over that, a few other teams have got to experience it. Wolves haven’t had many injuries neither have Reading and it’s a long season where a lot of people are going to have tired legs and a dip in form.
“We’ve had a good first period to the season but I don’t think we are firing on all cylinders yet, there’s more to come, I believe that. There’s a few injuries that have come back, the whole squad is back. I’m sure the gaffer is going to make a few signings in the January window, it will mix people up a bit and get them back on their toes. We are all focused, all confident and we know where we want to be.”
Birmingham’s occasional stumble during December, two defeats and a draw from six games, seems to have brought the odd St Andrew’s doom and gloom merchant out of the woodwork.
Some see the Blues’ fall out of the Championship’s automatic promotion spots as the start of worse to come - from here on it is downhill you may hear them cry.
However Bent is certainly not singing from that hymn sheet as he believes that this current Birmingham squad is made of much tougher stuff.
“No one is saying that we are going to win every game, finish top and win the Championship, it would be nice but you’ve got to look at reality,” he said. “In my experience it’s about who goes out there with the most intent, purpose and confidence to go out and win games and really want to go up.
“We’ve still got a number of games left, we’ve still got Wolves at home, we’ve still got to go to Reading away so it’s a long, long season and we’ve got time on our hands”.
2008 brought just two goals for Bent, a figure that the former England Under-21 international is far from happy with.
So he admits that he is hoping that he finds 2009 to be a lot more fruitful in front of the net.
“I want to get back on the score-sheet as soon as possible, I talk about setting other people up but I really want to get myself up to speed as quick as possible.”